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Three shortlisted for RFS Schools Excellence Award 2013
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Best in class: winners of last year's Schools Award

Date Issued: 27 March 2013


An art gallery in Warwickshire and primary schools in Stalybridge, Cheshire, and Halesowen, West Midlands, have been shortlisted for the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Schools award 2013.

The Award aims to recognise education projects which increase understanding of trees, woodlands and forests and their environmental, social and economic potential. Judging is taking place during April and May. The winner will receive £1000, with the runner up receiving £500.

Entries had been invited from a region stretching from Worcestershire in the south to Cumbria in the north. 
Those shortlisted are:

  • Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire, for their grounds education programme for children and young people
  • Lutley Primary School, Brookwillow Road, Halesowen
  • Millbrook Primary School, Bank Road, Stalybridge, Cheshire.

The judges, RFS Education Officer, Debbie Cotton and Richard Pain, Forestry Commission Woodland Officer, said:

“The schools which stand out are those that are routinely using a woodland to help them deliver a wide variety of curriculum areas. It is inspiring to see just how much outdoor learning can be achieved with a little creativity. Furthermore, these schools are managing to achieve this in a sustainable and responsible way by taking great care of their woodland resource and their environmental impact upon it.

“We are also seeing an increase in the use of trees as a food resource in schools. Trees are being planted in orchards, improving the immediate surroundings of schools, aiding the delivery of some key areas of the curriculum and helping children understand where food comes from. In some cases children are harvesting fruit to make produce and selling this and raise money for school funds.”

The RFS awards are held annually but rotate around the country in a seven year cycle. Find full details, past winners and case studies at